When Should I Upgrade my GPU for AMD Ryzen 5 2400g and What GPU Should I Choose?

Jul 20, 2018

I recently built a PC in May of 2018. Because of the inflated GPU prices, I didn't buy a GPU, instead choosing to go with the more economical Ryzen 5 2400g APU.

I'm wondering if I should purchase a GPU right now or wait for the prices to drop some more. Currently, my budget is around 150-200 dollars. I'm hoping for a decent enough GPU to run triple A games smoothly at 1080p, eSport titles at high frames, and also be functional for non-professional video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

My specs right now are as follows:

CPU/GPU: Ryzen 5 2400g
Ram: ADATA - XPG SPECTRIX D40 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory
Motherboard: MSI B350m Mortar
Storage: Samsung PM981 NVME PCIE M.2 (512 GB where 1000 MB = 1 GB)
Case: Thermaltake Core V21 MicroATX
PSU: Seasonic G-550 80+ Gold 550W

Note: my monitor is a 1080p Samsung LED monitor that supports AMD free-sync. With AMD free-sync's Ultimate Engine, it can display 72 fps. Because of this, I'm hoping to stick with an AMD GPU instead of going Nvidia. However, if I find a good enough deal, I will change to Nvidia.

Given all of this, I'm just wondering if I should wait on getting a GPU. Also, what GPU should I get at my given budget? If I were to get one right now, I'm thinking of getting a Radeon RX 560 4GB because of its value. It's fairly close to MSRP, not really pricey, and also can run most games at 1080p no problem.

That being said, any and all input is welcome. Please help me. This is my first build/upgrade.
Since you have AMD FreeSync, you're right to choose an AMD GPU and the RX 560 will be better than what you have. But I'd try to get an RX 570 or 580, even if it means you have to save/spend a little more money. The RX 560 is a little short of what your system has to offer.
Are we talking US dollars? There are currently RX 580 4GB cards starting around US $230 right now. This one in particular also has a $20 mail-in rebate that could bring the eventual price down further to $210, which is right around the $200 price point AMD originally suggested these cards should cost...


Considering the RX 580 should be around twice as powerful as an RX 560, it's arguably worth the extra cost. An RX 560 will struggle to maintain good frame rates in many newer games at 1080p with high settings. It's very possible that prices could drop further though, since at least Nvidia will likely be launching a new generation of graphics cards over the coming months, and AMD will likely follow with a new generation of their own not too long thereafter.
Jul 20, 2018

Yeah, after doing a bit more research I've found another RX 580 offer on Amazon that (with free gift card and rebate) brings the price down to 205 dollars. This is for an 8 GB GPU so I'm really tempted to pull the trigger on that. The one thing I'm kind of hesitant on is that, like you said, the new generation of GPUs will soon be revealed. After that, I have no idea how much the prices will drop. Do you know of previous occasions where new generations have been revealed and how much the old GPU prices dropped? I'm leaving the country in six days and my next opportunity to buy a GPU in the US will be in October. Would you advise waiting or taking the deal?



Yeah, I noticed that one too. It's probably also a good choice, and perhaps a better deal than the one I linked to, if you got it through that promotion.

I do think prices may drop further, provided crypto-mining doesn't suddenly regain popularity, but it will probably be a number of months before Nvidia launches the GTX 1160, and it might at least initially be priced around $300 or more, at least for the "Founders Edition". The 1180 is rumored to be launching around the end of next month, but Nvidia likely won't release the 1160 until some months later, maybe around November. And if there's eventually an 1150 Ti with performance comparable to an RX 580 or GTX 1060, it probably won't come until sometime around winter, so any reduction in prices might be gradual.
Rx 580 8gb for $205 ??

Snatch it up right now is my advice, that's a good price, it's a great great gpu & is capable of stomping through just about any title at 1080p.

4 weeks ago a 1050ti would have cost you the same amount !